Six Alabama nursing homes will be nationally recognized for their commitment to quality health care.

The Alabama Nursing Home Association member centers are part of 545 long-term and post-acute care centers across the country receiving the American Health Care Association’s 2015 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award.

Alabama’s award recipients are:

These centers join 51 other Alabama nursing homes that have earned the Bronze award since 1996.

The Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award is the first of three distinctions possible through American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) National Quality Award program, which honors skilled nursing and post-acute care centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

To earn the Bronze award, nursing homes develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria.

“It’s gratifying to see these providers recognized for their commitment to improving quality care,” said AHCA National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt. “At this level, Bronze recipients are positioned to achieve even better health and organizational outcomes. I applaud and encourage this year’s recipients to continue their quality journeys.”

Implemented by AHCA in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals. The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, these centers may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award. A full list of the recipients is available on AHCA’s website.

The recipient centers will be honored during the AHCA 66th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 4-7, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas.